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  • Federal Air Marshalls Director Resigns Over SIG Selling Scheme

    04/11/2014 7:19:29 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | Apr 11, 2014 | Robert Farago
    Federal Air Marshalls Director Resigns Over SIG Selling Scheme By Robert Farago on April 11, 2014 “The director of the Federal Air Marshal Service [FAMS] is resigning after being investigated for his role in an alleged operation to acquire guns for officials’ personal use, FoxNews.com has learned. Director Robert Bray’s home was raided in December in connection with the ongoing probe. Law enforcement and congressional sources told FoxNews.com that Bray’s recently announced resignation, which is effective in June, is directly related to the investigation.
  • AL: Gun Reform Bill Passes Senate 20-7

    03/24/2014 8:49:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Alabama SB 354  passed the senate on Wednesday by the wide margin of 20 - 7. The bill includes vehicles as an extension of the home for purposes of carrying firearms, recognizing the right to bear arms extends to a person's vehicle, where a great deal of time is spent in modern society.  This is especially helpful to the growing number of people who live in recreational vehicles and travel about the country. The bill makes clear that open carry of firearms is not disorderly conduct.  In the section dealing with definitions of disorderly conduct, the bill reads: "The...
  • Barack Fighting Vlad on land, but paying him $424 million for space travel

    03/20/2014 7:53:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 3/20/2014 | Judi McLeod
    With Obama sparring with Vladimir Putin over the recent annexation of Crimea, his administration is playing big footsie with Russia now that NASA is paying a whopping $424 million to get Obama-grounded astronauts back into space.
  • MH370 A different point of view. Pulau Langkawi 13,000 runway.

    03/18/2014 8:14:11 AM PDT · by Leroy S. Mort · 72 replies
    Google+ ^ | March 14, 2014 | Chris Goodfellow
    A lot of speculation about MH370. Terrorism, hijack, meteors. I cannot believe the analysis on CNN - almost disturbing. I tend to look for a more simple explanation of this event. Loaded 777 departs midnight from Kuala to Beijing. Hot night. Heavy aircraft. About an hour out across the gulf towards Vietnam the plane goes dark meaning the transponder goes off and secondary radar tracking goes off. Two days later we hear of reports that Malaysian military radar (which is a primary radar meaning the plane is being tracked by reflection rather than by transponder interrogation response) has tracked the...
  • CPAC-alypse 2014: Overdosing On Conservatism, A Contradiction In Terms?

    03/09/2014 4:47:04 PM PDT · by IChing · 8 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 3/8/14 | Donald Joy
    “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson On this final, frenetic afternoon of the 3 day binge-orgy of conservative politics (an oxymoron if there ever was one) that is the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, there I was, poverty-stricken cheapskate that I am, trying to figure out whether I’d have to try sneak in to the main event hall, or cough up just enough clams for access to the last day’s central attractions/speakers. Then I happened into the revelation that my status as a Clash columnist gets me a media access badge. Eureka. So...
  • Senator Calls Keystone Pipeline a Health Threat

    03/03/2014 10:01:09 AM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Feb 2014 | John Semmens
    Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif) wants the EPA to take a closer look at the proposal to build the Keystone Pipeline. The pipeline would replace rail transport of oil from Canada and is considered a generally safer means of getting the flammable commodity to its destination. Boxer sought to clarify her opposition to the pipeline, saying that “I’m not stupid. I know that trains sometimes get derailed and that in terms of the safety of transporting oil a pipeline would be less dangerous. The point I am trying to make is that a cheaper and safer mode of shipping will mean...
  • Georgia to Pass Awesome Slowpoke Bill

    02/28/2014 6:12:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 115 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | February 28, 2014 | Michael Minkoff
    One of my biggest pet peeves on the road is the left-lane highway cruiser. If you’re a compulsive reader of my articles (Why would you do that to yourself?), you may remember that I have written on this very issue before.I don’t care how fast you are going. The leftmost lane on the highway is for passing. That is basic road etiquette, but, not surprisingly, few people here in Georgia follow it. And it is frustrating.Well the Georgia State legislature is here to save the day. They are currently enacting a bill (dubbed the Slowpoke Bill) that would make lollygagging...
  • Florida immigrant to ride bike to D.C. in name of immigration reform

    02/21/2014 6:36:43 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 20 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | February 21, 2014 | Alex Leary
    A 41-year-old Florida man, who arrived in the country illegally in 1998, says he will ride a bike to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about immigration reform. Francisco Diaz, an out-of-work carpenter who lives in Homestead, says he wants to give a pen to President Obama to sign an executive order stopping deportations, and then urge Congress to pass legislation. "Despite being married to a US Citizen for 12 years, he has not been able to adjust his status," according to a release from Florida Immigrant Coalition. "Francisco's family was directly affected by the deportation of his brother-in-law. When he...
  • The Liberal Love for High-Speed Rail

    02/13/2014 7:04:32 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 57 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | February 13, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    There are few things in life that progressive liberals love more than spending other people's money. When ensconced in government, they spend money for freely than a sailor in port who's been at sea for six months. Even when they're not in government, they look for ways to spend our hard-earned tax dollars by pushing ballot initiatives. One type of project in particular seems to excite liberals into a frenzy: high-speed rail. On the surface, you would think that progressive liberals and high-speed rail are an odd mix. You have to use fuel to run a train. You have to...
  • Allegations of Russia are somewhat correct, but what if the games were in the U.S.(Polish)

    02/10/2014 7:49:19 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 11 replies
    Gazeta Wiborgza ^ | 09.02.2014 | Mariusz Zawadzki
    AMERICAN sennik . A spectacular opening ceremony - despite the lack of a fifth Olympic rings - somewhat hushed defeatists , but in English-speaking media, there are still voices of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a Byzantine scam at $ 50 billion , an emanation of Putin's superpower ambitions sick , shameful turning a blind eye to discrimination against gays and Russian lesbians , etc. All these allegations are somewhat correct, but their constant repetition - as well as the awareness that they seem a bit late - it must cause in many a human soul what Goethe called the...
  • Gansler supports commuter discount on ICC

    02/10/2014 10:16:51 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | February 7, 2014 | Michael Dresser
    Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, running for the Democratic nomination for governor, proposed Friday that the state give commuters a break on the tolls on the Intercounty Connector in the Washington suburbs. Gansler's campaign issued a statement and a video in which the candidate asserted that ICC traffic and revenue are well below projections because of high tolls. According to the Gansler camp, usage is 20 percent lower than expected and revenues are 20-45 percent below projections. The attorney general said his plan for a 50 percent discount for commuters who make at least 15 trips a month on the...
  • NSSF:Shot Show to Stay in Las Vegas Through 2018

    02/03/2014 3:56:17 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Shot Show staying in Las Vegas through 2018 works well for me.  If anyone who has an interest in guns can wrangle a ticket to the show, I recommend that they do.   The show is for industry only, but vendors and retailers often need help setting up displays or canvassing the show.  It is simply too big for a person to cover with any amount of rigor in four days.  From an NSSF email: SHOT Show® to Stay at Sands Expo through 2018 LAS VEGAS -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) followed up its recently concluded, record-setting...
  • Capitalism Calls Viral TSA Blogger Out of the Closet

    01/31/2014 7:25:10 PM PST · by Pharmer1 · 1 replies
    Down on the Pharm ^ | 01/31/2014 | pharmer1
    The author of the TSA blog "Taking Sense Away" is feeling the pull of capitalism. He's posted scoop on the TSA during and after his employment in the cadre of paid gropers. News media have picked his material on scanners and behavior of employees. Capitalism is calling, and there's a need to promote an upcoming novel based upon the inner workings of the TSA. Jason Edward Harrington is out of the closet. Best of luck to him.
  • Italian Court Finds Amanda Knox and Rafael Solecitto Guilty, Again

    01/30/2014 6:50:58 PM PST · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 1-30-2014 | Ace
    Amanda Knox is in America and she's not going back to Italy. However, Rafael Solecitto -- every bit as innocent -- is an Italian citizen, and they're determined to jail Amanda Knox, but they can't, so they'll jail the guy no one cares about, Rafael. The Italian judicial system has a quirk unlike ours. When a trial court pronounces you culpable, you're not actually convicted of the crime -- not yet. The actual conviction only occurs when a court, sitting in review, confirms the conviction. I believe I read that Italy considers this trial finding of culpability less seriously than...
  • Gafur Rakhimov: The Heroin Trafficker Who Brought to Winter Olympics to Sochi

    01/30/2014 1:54:32 PM PST · by Marcus · 10 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | January 30, 2014 | Mark R. Whittington
    The fact that the 2014 Winter Olympics is taking place is Sochi, Russia, a city with a mild climate that is close to the volatile region of Chechnya has puzzled many observers. ABC News points the finger to a man named Gafur Rakhimov, Rakhimov is an Uzbek gangster, according to the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, with ties to that country's regime. He has been associated with the production and distribution of heroin in Central Asia. He has ties with the Uzbekistan regime and claims to be a legitimate businessman who founded an import/export business in the wake of...
  • Time Travel Impossible,Say Scientists(So Forget The Stakeouts in Early 1960's Kenya)

    01/29/2014 11:10:03 AM PST · by lbryce · 115 replies
    Discovery News ^ | July 24, 2011 | Staff
    By proving a single photon can't travel faster than light, scientists say they have proven time travel is impossible. THE GIST Hong Kong physicists say they have proven a single photon cannot travel faster than the speed of light. This demonstrates that time travel is impossible, they say. Hong Kong physicists say they have proved that a single photon obeys Einstein's theory that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light — demonstrating that outside science fiction, time travel is impossible. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology research team led by Du Shengwang said they had...
  • Watched this movie tonight after cancelling my directv.

    01/28/2014 8:53:53 PM PST · by kvanbrunt2 · 15 replies
    Watched the movie "Machine gun Preacher" cried thru most of it. it is an excellent guy/girl movie (some of hollywood crap) The enclosed link is for the NZ interview of the preacher. but if i were you, i would watch the movie first.
  • Hannity: I Talked With My Wife – “We Are Going to Leave” New York State (Video)

    01/21/2014 8:11:34 PM PST · by servo1969 · 61 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Sean Hannity tells his audience he is leaving New York state after Cuomo’s comments. Sean said he discussed it with his wife and they are moving to Texas or Florida. “Look, I have contractual obligations, I can’t leave here. My kids are in school. And there are about over 100 people who that rely on me. People who have kids and mortgages and homes. I can’t selfishly pack up and leave. But my wife and I discussed last night Dana that we are going to leave. I wouldn’t pay a 10% state tax in Florida or Texas. I would save...
  • Pennsylvania Judge Invalidates State's Voter ID Law

    01/20/2014 9:08:19 AM PST · by John Semmens · 20 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 17 Jan 2014 | John Semmens
    Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley voided Pennsylvania's statute requiring that voters show a photo ID at the polls before they can obtain a ballot. As the judge sees it “forcing a person to show ID places an unreasonable burden on the right to vote. McGinley dismissed comparisons with the ID requirements people must meet to buy liquor or cash a check, as “misapplied and confused. Transactions in the commercial sector are privileges extended by private parties. Voting is a fundamental human right that may not be limited in any way.” The Judge pooh-poohed contentions that IDs may be needed to...
  • Making crude oil out of thin air?

    01/09/2014 3:15:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Bakken.com ^ | November 22, 2013 | John Bestoloffe
    There is big news coming out of the Middle East that one of the hottest commodities can be made out of the earth’s two most common elements, carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Energy could see a substantial progression of discovery thanks to a group of researchers at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev in Israel. The group reports that they have pioneered a process that converts carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas into a renewable alternative for crude oil. The alternative has been dubbed “green feed” crude oil. This innovative idea was made possible by the use of nanomaterials which reduces the...
  • Kevin Beaner In Vietnam

    Kevin Beaner is a close friend of an acquaintance of mine. He is a middle-aged Harley-Davidson owner, professional vagabond, published author and photographer who has been clean and sober for several decades. He raised $10K from his followers (he has 5000 friends on Facebook) this last summer and has been in Vietnam for a month riding around on a tiny motor scooter. There’s a great video of riding his scooter in Vietnam as well as a number of still shots. Here’s a link to his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/beanre?fref=ts#!/beanre
  • Vanity: Need advice for best state

    01/05/2014 6:21:07 PM PST · by Utilizer · 98 replies
    05 Jan 2014 | self
    Due to health considerations, I have been unable to travel for some time. However, doctors have now given tentative approval for limited travel for a few days. This may be the last chance I have to do so before declining health no longer allows that, so I am thinking of visiting with BIL's family in Vermont, with perhaps one or two short stops to visit other family members on the way back. I am looking for recommendations for the following needs: 1. A State where the Driver's Licence requirements are not unduly onerous since I have only a limited time...
  • Man Feeding Herd of Friendly Deer at His Colorado Home

    01/04/2014 1:25:48 PM PST · by albasun · 58 replies
    albasun ^ | 04.01.2014 | Matthew Lee Chegwidden
    Matthew Lee Chegwidden feeds a deer herd at his house in Divide, Colorado. The deer are so friendly, they come up to the man like he’s some sort or Santa Claus or Mr. Snow White. Amazing! read mroe at albasun.com ///
  • Need Advice - Buying a Car

    12/23/2013 2:02:00 PM PST · by Peter W. Kessler · 105 replies
    See: Author | 12/23/13 | Me
    Hyundai or KIA?
  • Parents, Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Berkeleyites

    12/11/2013 10:30:40 PM PST · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    RobinofBerkeley.com ^ | 11-21-2013 | Robin of Berkeley
    There once was a popular Indian teacher named Papa G, who drew students from far and wide. People flocked to see him and hear his words of wisdom. One lucky man who was able to attend one of his retreats spoke to Papa G, with camera in hand. The visitor asked the guru what he’d like to say to the multitudes all around the world vying to come to India to see him. Papa G smiled an impish grin and said, “Stay home.” Papa G’s words remind me a bit of Dorothy, who journeyed all around Oz, only to find...
  • Toyota Brings Hydrogen Cars To Production

    12/11/2013 3:27:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Big Stage from NYSE ^ | December 10, 2013 | Josh Dean
    Twelve years ago, Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) began testing a unique — and outlandishly expensive — automobile in California: a car powered by hydrogen fuel cells. This so-called FCHV (fuel cell hybrid vehicle) was an electric car that didn’t need to be plugged in. Its electricity was generated by a stack of fuel cells that ran on compressed gaseous hydrogen, a relatively cheap fuel that gives off no harmful emissions; its only byproduct was water vapor. The FCHV never made it to dealer lots, however. Production of plug-in electric cars proved more viable, partially because the FCHV technology was...
  • 2,184 Miles: From Georgia to Maine on Foot

    12/11/2013 12:58:47 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 32 replies
    www.youtube.com ^ | Dec 10, 2013 | Adam Klimt
    2,184 Miles: From Georgia to Maine on Foot, ( 13:16 ) Cornerstone University Documentary 2013 Final. Join Zac Tolsma and his friends as they experience the Appalachian Trail.
  • Why When We Say 'Racism' Do We Think of White Racism?

    12/04/2013 4:32:12 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 11 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 4 December 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Some time ago I found an interesting post in a blog by an Indian in London. The post, now removed, was entitled "Dubai - Still Racist?", and said: Dubai (and the UAE) then and now is arguably one amongst the more institutionally racist places in the world with a strict hierarchy of privilege. Arabs are at the top of the heap, followed closely by Western Europeans and US (called the Whites in Dubai), Eastern Europeans, Philipinos and finally Indians and Pakistanis. The different communities were completely isolated from each other in terms of housing, schools, social clubs – it...
  • Feds May Increase Vehicle Surveillance

    11/26/2013 9:23:05 AM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Nov 2013 | John Semmens
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is drafting regulations that would require all new cars to be equipped with tracking devices that constantly broadcast the car’s location, direction, speed and, possibly, even the number of passengers it is carrying. As NHTSA Administrator David Strickland explains, “we constantly admonish parents to watch their children at all times. Well, this would build on that same principle. How can the Government assure the safety and well-being of Americans if we don’t know where they are or what they’re doing at all times?” Strickland granted that “the proposed new regulation is only a partial...
  • Get yourself a 30-footer and go!

    11/25/2013 7:47:39 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 260 replies
    Myself | November 11, 2013 | Matt Bracken
    Get yourself a thirty-footer and go! By Matt Bracken 11-25-2013 This essay is directed to all freedom-lovers, but primarily to young unmarried American men. (At my age I count thirties as young, and would readily grant special dispensation beyond that.) It’s dedicated to the guides who showed me the stars, and to thirty great years of both calm and stormy weather. If you are a Millennial who feels that the Land of Opportunity has at least temporarily suspended the offer, leaving you stranded in somewhat less-than-hoped-for circumstances, I’m writing this for you. Maybe you did the Sandbox trip, and maybe...
  • Putin says gas pipeline from Russia to South Korea still possible

    11/12/2013 6:31:11 PM PST · by TexGrill · 6 replies
    Platts ^ | 11/12/2013 | Platts
    Construction of a natural gas pipeline from Russia to South Korea is still possible despite obvious difficulties in its implementation and the development of new Russian LNG projects aimed at Asian exports, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday. Russia is actively developing LNG projects, including in the northern Yamal Peninsula and in its Far Eastern regions, in the proximity to South Korea, but supplies of pipeline gas to this Asian country are also possible, Putin said in an interview with South Korea's KBS, broadcast by state-run Russian 24 TV network. One of the option to organize pipeline gas supplies is to...
  • Japan reportedly plans US$16b aid package for greenhouse-gas cuts

    11/12/2013 6:06:52 PM PST · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    ChannelNewsAsia ^ | 11/13/2013 | AFP
    Japan's public and private sectors will supply an aid package worth US$16 billion over three years to help developing nations cut greenhouse-gas emissions, a report said on Tuesday, as climate talks get underway in Warsaw. TOKYO: Japan's public and private sectors will supply an aid package worth US$16 billion over three years to help developing nations cut greenhouse-gas emissions, a report said on Tuesday, as climate talks get underway in Warsaw. The contribution would account for over 40 per cent of the US$35 billion that developing nations were expected to ask for to battle climate change, Japan's leading Nikkei business...
  • Putin in South Korea to push new "Silk Road" via North Korea

    11/12/2013 6:01:30 PM PST · by TexGrill · 8 replies
    ChannelNewsAsia ^ | 11/13/2013 | AFP
    Russian President Vladimir Putin was in South Korea on Wednesday to push a pet project for a new major trading route linking Asia and Europe by rail that requires prying open North Korea. SEOUL: Russian President Vladimir Putin was in South Korea on Wednesday to push a pet project for a new major trading route linking Asia and Europe by rail that requires prying open North Korea. Putin hopes his brief visit will include the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the ambitious project, which envisages an "Iron Silk Road" uniting the rail networks of South and North Korea...
  • China's meager aid to the Philippines could dent its image

    11/12/2013 5:44:07 PM PST · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/12/2013 | Megha Rajagopalan
    (Reuters) - China may have wasted the chance to build goodwill in Southeast Asia with its relatively paltry donation to the Philippines in the wake of a devastating typhoon, especially with the United States sending an aircraft carrier and Japan ramping up aid. The world's second-largest economy is a growing investor in Southeast Asia, where it is vying with the United States and Japan for influence. But China's assertiveness in pressing its claim to the disputed South China Sea has strained ties with several regional countries, most notably the Philippines. China's government has promised $100,000 in aid to Manila, along...
  • India strictest when it comes to tardiness: Survey

    11/11/2013 11:57:39 PM PST · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 11/11/2013 | Economic Times
    NEW DELHI: India is the strictest when it comes to tardiness as 42 per cent of employers in the country seem to have fired an employee for being late, the highest in the world, says a CareerBuilder survey. According to the survey, 42 per cent of employers in India have fired an employee for being late and among the nine surveyed countries. Brazil came in second, a distance 16 per cent behind, where 26 per cent of of employers have fired a staff for coming late, followed by France and Russia jointly at the third place (22 per cent). Meanwhile,...
  • Inflation seen staying uncomfortably high in October (India)

    11/11/2013 11:44:19 PM PST · by TexGrill
    Economic Times ^ | 11/12/2013 | Economic Times
    NEW DELHI: Inflation is forecast to have risen to uncomfortable levels for policymakers in October due to stubbornly high food prices, adding to the pressure for further interest rate rises despite slowing economic growth. Data on Tuesday is forecast to show annual consumer inflation at 9.9 percent in October, up slightly from September, and figures on Friday are expected to show wholesale inflation running at an eight-month high of 6.90 percent, according to Reuters polls of economists. In a more positive sign, factory output is forecast to have risen 3.5 percent in September from a year earlier, much faster than...
  • Gold imports may fall 71% this quarter vis-a-vis last year (India)

    11/11/2013 11:36:53 PM PST · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 11/12/2013 | Sutanuka Ghosal
    KOLKATA: This may be music to Chidambaram's ears. The finance minister's efforts to curb gold imports are expected to bring down inflow of gold from overseas in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2013 by 71.23 per cent vis-a-vis last year. The country had imported 255 tonne during Q4 of calendar year 2012. The fourth quarter is the time of the year when gold demand increases in India. Bullion traders and jewellers say that India had imported only 23 tonne of gold in October for Dhanteras, when the entire country enters into a major gold buying spree. They say imports...
  • China’s coming challenges

    11/11/2013 10:22:33 PM PST · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Japan News ^ | 11/12/2013 | Fareed Zakaria
    Fareed ZakariaBEIJING—“We are all struck by the contrast between Beijing and Washington,” said George Yeo, the former foreign minister of Singapore. He was referring to the quality of governance in the two capitals—in particular, the sense pervasive in Asia that the United States has lost its ability to execute public policy with competence (see Iraq, Obamacare). Beijing, on the other hand, has been carefully and systematically planning a series of reforms that will likely make China the world’s largest economy within a decade. The contrast is particularly striking because China faces huge challenges and will need to make major economic,...
  • Ministry Deems Group Purchases of Vietnamese Brides Illegal (China)

    11/11/2013 8:38:28 PM PST · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    China Radio International ^ | 11/12/2013 | Guo
    The Chinese Ministry of Public Security has warned against groups suspected of abducting and swindling Vietnamese brides, and promised to strictly crack down on illegal profiting from foreign marriage intermediaries, the Beijing News reports. As numerous Chinese netizens participated in the nationwide shopping spree on November 11, or Double 11, foreign marriage intermediaries also found business opportunities during the buying rush. A group purchasing website offered a lottery draw where winners could travel to Vietnam for a blind date for free. It claimed to provide legal services for Chinese men looking to become grooms. Both the Chinese and Vietnamese governments...
  • Plant Blast Kills Six, Injures Six in Xinjiang (China)

    11/11/2013 8:26:17 PM PST · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    China Radio International ^ | 11/12/2013 | Zhang
    At least six people have been confirmed dead and another six were injured after a blast triggered by liquid nitrogen occurred late Monday night in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The Xinjiang regional bureau of work safety said on Monday that the blast happened at around 11:30 p.m. in a plant owned by Xinjiang No. 8 Steel Structure Co. Ltd. The source said that five workers were killed on the spot. One of the seven injured died in hospital. The cause of the blast is still under investigation.
  • Vietnam boosts energy ties with Russia

    11/11/2013 8:06:52 PM PST · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 11/12/2013 | Shen Qing
    HANOI, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam will take great efforts to further strengthen cooperation with Russia, including in energy, said Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Dung expressed his pleasure at the effective cooperation between Gazprom Neft and the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group ( PetroVietnam) in recent years during the meeting with Alexander Dyukov, CEO of Russian oil and gas group Gazprom Neft, in Vietnam' s capital Hanoi on Monday. Dung affirmed the Vietnamese government's support for energy cooperation between Russian oil and gas enterprises, including Gazprom Neft, with PetroVietnam for mutual interests and boosting multifaceted ties. The...
  • Rescue public discourse from ‘mass stupidity’ ... (Malaysia)

    11/11/2013 7:01:41 PM PST · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Malay Mail ^ | 11/12/2013 | Malay Mail
    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 — As a growing chorus of extremism threatens to dominate public dialogue, former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said Putrajaya must coax reason and sensibility back into local politics for Malaysians of all races to once more communicate intelligently with each other. Saying that political discourse has devolved into “mass stupidity”, the former de facto law minister warned of the consequences of allowing public exchanges to be dictated by those whom he described as aloof to views and ideologies different from their own. “Today, the prime minister cannot expect Perkasa and Utusan (Malaysia) to talk intelligently to...
  • Pirates steal oil from tanker hijacked off Malaysia coast

    11/11/2013 6:56:59 PM PST · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    New Indian Express ^ | 11/11/2013 | New Indian Express
    Ten pirates, armed with guns and knives, hijacked a Panamanian-flagged oil tanker off the Malaysian coast in the Straits of Malacca, according to the International Maritime Bureau. The incident occurred near Malaysia's Pulau Kukup on Thursday. The armed robbers forced the ship's master to steer the vessel to a spot where an unidentified orange hull tanker parked itself alongside forcing the crew to transfer gas oil from the vessel to their ship, the bureau's piracy reporting centre said. The pirates tied up the crew and locked them in a cabin. After stealing the gas oil, the pirates robbed the crew...
  • India assures Japan to augment port infrastructure

    11/11/2013 6:37:03 PM PST · by TexGrill
    Economic Times ^ | 11/11/2013 | Economic Times
    NEW DELHI: India today assured Japan to augment its port infrastructure, particularly at Ennore and Chennai to facilitate import of automobile components and cars from Japan and at the same time, evinced interest in seeking assistance for its port projects. The development comes in the wake of Shipping Minister G K Vasan leading a delegation to Japan, which met Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan, Akihiro Ohta. "Vasan discussed several issues relating to logistics, infrastructure and development of port sector in India. He explained the developments that were taking place in India in the ports sector and assured...
  • Days after Beijing attack, China talks cooperation on terrorism

    11/11/2013 6:24:57 PM PST · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    Indian Express ^ | 11/11/2013 | Shubhajit Roy
    Days after a terrorist attack at the historic Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing, China for the first time expressed strong support for "counter-terrorism" cooperation with India and Russia at a meeting here Sunday. Sources told The Indian Express that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi "red-flagged" the issue on his own as he held talks with External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the 12th Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral meeting. Wang reportedly said that the attack at Tiananmen Square involved jehadist elements. The RIC joint statement, released after the meeting, made a mention of the...
  • China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam in line for seats on UN Human Rights Council

    11/11/2013 6:13:44 PM PST · by TexGrill · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/12/2013 | AP
    UNITED NATIONS — China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam are among the nations running unopposed for seats on the Human Rights Council, the U.N.’s highest rights watchdog body, a prospect that has independent human rights groups crying foul. On Tuesday, the General Assembly will elect 14 new members to the 47-seat, Geneva-based council, which can shine a spotlight of publicity and censure on rights abuses by adopting resolutions — when it chooses to do so. It also has dozens of special monitors watching problem countries and major issues ranging from executions to drone strikes. New York-based Human Rights Watch pointed...
  • David Cameron delays Autumn Statement to visit China

    11/11/2013 5:57:44 PM PST · by TexGrill
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 11/11/2013 | James Kirkup
    David Cameron has delayed the Treasury’s Autumn Statement on the economy in order to conduct a major diplomatic visit to China. The Prime Minister will visit China in the coming weeks, ending a diplomatic row that had seen Britain struggling to make high-level contact with the Chinese leadership after Mr Cameron last year held a private meeting in London with the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet. On Monday night a Treasury spokesman said: “Tonight the Prime Minister announced that he will lead a delegation to China in early December. As a result the Autumn Statement will now be...
  • Far-left party leader causes stir by saying ‘Ms. Park Geun-hye’ (South Korea)

    11/11/2013 2:10:08 AM PST · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Dong-A Ilbo ^ | 11/11/2013 | Dong-A Ilbo
    Lee Jung-hee, chairwoman of the Unified Progressive Party, has sparked controversy by calling President Park Geun-hye “Ms. Park Geun-hye” at a public protest rally. At the rally at Seoul Station on Saturday, Lee never used the term "president" and referred the president as “”Ms. Park Geun-hye,” “dictator,” and “dictatorial Park Geun-hye force.” “’Park Geun-hye ssi (Ms.)’ is none other than a dictator, who even fires the prosecutor-general if the latter does not follow order,” Lee said. “Park Geun-hye ssi is none other than a dictator, who fabricates the crime of rebellion collusion against an opposition party for criticizing the administration,...
  • Shale gas exploration accelerated in China

    11/11/2013 1:42:05 AM PST · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    China Daily ^ | 11/11/2013 | Du Juan
    China's top two oil and gas companies have accelerated shale gas exploration. PetroChina Co, China's largest oil and gas producer, announced on Friday that its first shale gas project in Daqing, Heilongjiang province, started test runs in early October. Sinopec Co, the country's largest refiner, said it has discovered enough shale gas resources for commercial scale production in Chongqing on Oct 28. The company said its shale gas block in Chongqing has reached the maximum daily output of 547,000 cubic meters. Insiders said the top two oil and gas companies – PetroChina Co and Sinopec Co – have accelerated their...
  • Ethiopian Airlines to Launch Shanghai Service

    11/11/2013 1:25:25 AM PST · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Beijing Review ^ | 11/08/2013 | Yu Lintao
    Ethiopian Airlines is set to roll out flight service to Shanghai next April, said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of the African carrier enterprise at a press release held in Beijing on November 7. 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of Ethiopian Airlines' uninterrupted service to China. The airline made its maiden flight to China on February 21, 1973, the first African carrier and the fourth globally to fly to China. Since then, Ethiopian has continued its operations to its key market of China, continuing to be one of the most important destinations for the airline. As trade, investment and tourism ties between...